He apparently has a thing for sweets and that's what devotees offer him. The beloved Lord Ganesha is another son of the Shiva and Parvati and thus brother to Karthik. There is nothing warlike about him though, he is worshipped as the lord of all things auspicious and the remover of obstacles. However, at time he will introduce obstacles in the paths of devotees heading in a wrong direction, in an attempt to check their descent. His mount, a rat, is always present with him. He is represented with the head of an elephant and a considerable belly. It is not entirely clear to me whether he was born with an elephant head or acquired it later. Interestingly, the elephant has only one intact tusk; the other tusk employed by him to write out the epic, Mahabharata. The significance of the large belly is that it contains all the universe, the past as well as the future.
And we lesser mortals think we are gaining weight just looking at a donut.
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